Bottom line: Preachin' The Blues Vol. 1 from Izzy and Chris is a great collection of original blues material.
The opener, Steady Rollin' Daddy comes out with a cool Delta feel. Izzy leads in with a smooth but simple, tenuous slide figure that set the mood. Then Chris announces that this tune is about the harp. Next up is All I Ever Wanted and Izzy takes a turn strutting to let the listeners now that Chris isn't all that's happening in this duo. As the entire collection goes back and forth letting each take a turn in the front they continue to build an impressive offering.
One of the best tracks is buried in the middle. Back To Memphis sounds as if it's musical heritage traces straight to Cephas and Wiggins. Another great cut with a definite Piedmont feel is Country Blues #5, a nice little strut that should have you ready to cakewalk right down the middle of the Boardwalk!
The last and title track, Preachin' The Blues is a good choice to carry the banner for the CD. On this track more than any other, everything comes together in a good balance. The guitar work is strong and moody, the harp provides perfect balance and the vocals fill the space left over.
I hope these guys manage to stay together and around for a good long time. If they do we will probably be treated to some truly great music because the bottom line is that Preachin' The Blues Vol. 1 from Izzy and Chris is a great collection of original blues material.
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